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April 29, 2019


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"The majority of Buddhist practitioners don’t really want to adapt too much to Buddhism; not if it means change at a fundamental level."

Exhibit A: All the Western Buddhists who - usually unconsciously - take refuge in political liberalism over and above refuge in dharma. Aging boomer Buddhists who think John Lennon, Martin Luther King and all their other 60s idols were bodhisattvas. Their triple refuge apparently is anti-racism, feminism, and free love. They will venerate a teacher as an incarnate god because "ooh foreign exotic Asian wow" right up until they hear something that goes against this political orthodoxy. That's why Eckhart Tolle says that women are naturally closer to God than men - he knows his Oprah audience, and gives them what they want. And they make him very, very rich.


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